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These clean eating artichokes and dip are a delicious addition to dinner tonight!

I was on facebook a few days ago and I mentioned that I had had artichokes with dinner and how proud I was of Mini Chef for learning how to eat them like a pro at such a young age.

Kind of a “non-conversational” type of comment. Or so I thought…

Much to my surprise, many people chimed in. And what caught my attention the most were the people asking how to cook and eat an artichoke!!

Two artichokes sit beside two small dishes with dip in them showing this Clean Eating Artichokes And Dip recipe.

Well, far be it from me to leave anyone in my artichoke dust. I just had to do a blog post on how to cook these wonderful doohickies as well as give you a couple recipes for dipping sauce.

Now I’m sure there are far more “professional” ways to handle an artichoke. But I’ve never claimed to be a professional chef. I’m just a home cook like most of you reading this. So I’ll show you how to handle an artichoke the Gracious Pantry way.

Okie dokie artichokie?

Please Note: Eating artichokes is, in one way, similar to eating asparagus. (We all know what effect that has on us later on…) Except with artichokes, you get this slightly altered taste in your mouth. Everything you eat for a short time after has a slightly sweeter taste to it. It’s not unpleasant and it’s nothing to worry about. Just enjoy it.

Also note: The recipes below are meant to be added to either melted, grass-fed butter or clean eating mayo (store bought or homemade). You can eat them by themselves to reduce fat content, but they are very lemony and “zingy” that way.


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Clean Eating Artichokes With Non-Butter Dip

Clean Eating Artichokes And Dip

Two delicious dip recipes go along with these instructions for cooking artichokes. Delicious, filling and so nutritious!
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Course: Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 275kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 4 medium artichokes (you can make as many as you like, I used the globe variety)
  • 1 medium lemon (juice only)
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (or clean mayo)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard (no sugar added)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (or clean mayo)


  • If you are not used to eating artichokes or have kids who will be eating them, it's probably best to snip off the stickers at the top of the leaves. This is not necessary however.
    Clean Eating Artichokes And Dip Recipe
  • Trim 1/4 to 1/2 inch off the bottoms. Trim as little as possible because the stems are one of the tastiest parts!
    Clean Eating Artichokes And Dip Recipe
  • Place the artichokes in a pot that is large enough to hold them all, but small enough to keep them standing upright while they cook. Put enough water in the pot so that it comes up about 1/4 to 1/2 way up the artichokes.
    Clean Eating Artichokes And Dip Recipe
  • Put a lid on the pot and boil them for approximately 20-30 minutes, or until they are soft. You should be able to stick a knife entirely through with little resistance. (I use a chopstick)
    Clean Eating Artichokes And Dip Recipe
  • While the artichokes cook, prepare your dip of choice by mixing together all the specified ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Drain off any water and place the artichokes on a plate. Serve with dip.
  • TO EAT:
    Pull off a leaf, dip the wide end (the part that was attached) into the sauce, and scrape the flesh off the inside of the leaf with your teeth. Do not bite in to this like an apple. You want to SCRAPE the meat off the fibrous, inside part of the leaf. You will only get meat off the first 1/4 -1/2 of the leaf. The closer you get to the inside of the artichoke, the more tender the leaves will become.
  • Once you have most of the leaves off, you will be left with very small leaves and the stem. Remove those last tiny leaves completely by pinching them all together and pulling them off (You can eat them, certainly). On top of the stem will be a "furry" section. You must scoop this out with a spoon. YOU DO NOT WANT TO EAT THE FUZZY PART!! Those little hairs will stick in your throat like fiberglass. So scoop them out and discard them, making sure to scrape any small strands left behind off with the edge of your spoon. You will be left with the best part of the artichoke! The bottom center of the flower, also known as the heart. Dip this in the sauce and enjoy. Discard the remainder of the stem.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1artichoke and 1 tbsp. of each dip | Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 910IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Christy – Great! I hope you enjoy them!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Emilia – Nothing to worry about! Promise! It’s just like boiling any other vegetable. Give it a try. I bet you’ll wonder why you never tried before!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dee – Oh my! That sounds really yummy!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oops! Thanks for the heads up!

  5. Anonymous says:

    SNA – Awwww. I miss that age. Happy holidays!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Molly – I hope you enjoy them!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Skinny – Yup! That’s it! That and being sure you scoop out the fuzzy stuff in the middle.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Angel – Oh yum! I might have to clean up your version actually. Sounds amazing!

  9. Woahdessa says:

    My favorite dipping sauce is Dijon mustard, horseradish and lime juice. I love artichokes : )

  10. Anonymous says:

    KLD – Technically, if it’s organic and in small amounts, it is clean. Enjoy!

  11. I heart artichokes. I have been eating them my whole life! And have been enjoying them “clean” before clean was even a way of living. I make a batch on Sunday and eat them all week.

    I prepare them slightly different. I place the artichoke on its side and cut the tops off (so I get all the pointies off). Then I cut the stem off so it will sit up ok. I then run them under cold water and spread the leaves out. I transfer each water filled artichoke to my pan. Then I sprinkle garlic powder (or spoon fresh garlic) into each ‘choke. I am liberal since I love garlic. Then I pour EVOO into each artichocke until they are each full. Put the covered pan on the stove and bring to a boil and let them cook for 3-4 hours (or until tender). I make sure the water does not boil out and add more if necessary.

    Once done – I eat them just like that. No dipping sauce! YUM!

    1. Anonymous says:

      JDub – Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Lisa Maria says:

    I boil mine in broth – no need for a dip!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Lisa – Wow! I’ll have to try that!

  14. graciouspantry says:

    I’ve never tried Bragg’s, but everyone assures me I should. I’ll have to pick some up next time I make artichokes!

  15. Mountainink says:

    Yum! I love artichokes and am very excited to have alternative ideas for dipping – thanks for the post.

  16. Living in Italy for 8 years I learned how to make artichokes Roman style!

    Cook like you mention above except stuff each cavity with a paste like mixture of (1 tbsp fresh parsley 3 tbsp fresh mint 2 cloves of garlic salt and pepper to taste an 3/4 cup of olive oil )

    I also serve mine with halved klamata olives on the tray! yum yum!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ellen – Sounds wonderful!! Thank you! 🙂

  17. Laci Chisum says:

    I love artichokes! My 2 1/2 yr old twins love them too! And like you I made a comment on FB that we had artichokes and avocados for lunch on “A” week, and was quite surprised how many commented on the fact that I cook, eat and give artichokes to my kids. I am always giving my kids new foods with different taste and textures hoping that they will love all kinds of healthy recipes. I can’t wait to try some of yours!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laci – Thanks! I’m not sure the dips are all that kid friendly though, just a word of caution. But yes, even Mini Chef loves artichokes!

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